A Prayer in the Night

Tap Here for a video meditation on Psalm 95.

[From the version for families with children]

Can you imagine this psalm being prayed in the middle of the night for centuries—about a 2 AM?  How’s that for getting up early!  There are religious communities who live to praise God, work and pray in God’s presence all the time.  They even promise to stay in the same place all the days of their life, challenging us to be careful about all the traveling that we want to do.  Jesus never went beyond the Lands that became holy by his presence.

Pray this psalm in the spirit of those who begin their day in the middle of the night.  While everyone is sleeping the prayer is sung out for the whole earth, inviting all the peoples to return to the basics of life and praise God.

The middle of the night….quiet, peaceful—a good time for prayer…for you too, if you find yourself awake for awhile at that time.  It’s soon to be the middle of the season when nights are much longer than days—winter.   It’s in this setting that we celebrate Advent—the season to become awakened to God and God’s love in our lives.

 Psalm 95

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We follow a reading of the Psalms in numerical order.

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Return

[From the version for families with children]

Let’s take a journey backwards in time—thousands of years ago.  On Tuesdays we’ll be reading a lovely jewel of God’s words from way back then.  It is the book of Ruth.  It’s a small book of only four chapters—one for each of the four weeks of Advent.  In addition, there will be a theme-word that will be the title for each of the Firestarters for these weeks.

      Ruth is the great-grandmother of King David an ancestor of Jesus.  For ages past, God has been carefully weaving his plan like a great tapestry.  Every once in awhile, some different threads enter into the weaving—in this case, a woman who is not a Hebrew marries into a Hebrew family.  It’s a love story that is just beautiful.  About two-thirds of the book has dialogue in them, which makes it a kind of weekly drama.  Feel the emotions of the characters: enter into their lives.  God is up to something with this wonderful lady—and God is up to something with you too!   

Ruth 1

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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
In the season of Advent this year, we read the Book of Ruth.

 

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Light in Womb’s Darkness

For this is what the LORD says: To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant. To them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off. Isaiah 56:4-5.

[From the original version]

What future is there for a eunuch? No progeny—only endless cycles of boring chores, as worker bees in a hive, unable to make the queen fertile. However, the miracle of children and a future will come even for them, if they keep Sabbath sacred space—wombs of time, fertilized by fidelity to God’s Word.

The first Advent candle is lit, sowing a seed of light into the dark womb of night. Place yourself before the candle at the center of those places within where there is anything like despairing darkness. Resist the smugness of those beastly types with their vain feelings of power. Each of their tomorrows will become darker and darker. Take hope. It is Advent. Jesus the light longs to make your heart fertile. Will you let him?

Isaiah 56

Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
In the season of Advent this year, we continue to read Isaiahl.

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For all the Firestarters I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or tablet. Check the menu options at the site for more information.